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Old 09-06-2019, 02:02 PM   #1
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butterfly Monarchs Headed South - 2019

Groups of monarchs are passing through my area (Northeast WI) headed for Mexico. One group flew in a few days ago, stocked up on some Liatris nectar for a day, and then took off on a brisk southerly wind.

Six monarchs feasting on a couple of liatris; lots of other choices available but liatris is by far their favorite.

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As soon as one flower opens they are on it!

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Old 09-08-2019, 01:14 PM   #2
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What a welcomed sighting!
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Old 09-09-2019, 12:44 PM   #3
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The numbers do seem to be up this year, at least in our area. It's nice to see a few passing through each day. And we've had a couple that appeared to be fresh out of their chrysalis.
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I have seen some very bright ones here in Ohio.
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Watching those bright orange forms fluttering among the nectar plants and then soaring off to their winter home just can't help but raise one's ecological spirit!
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Beautiful!
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We're still seeing 2 - 3 monarchs pass through each day. The weather has been warmer than normal, so I'm hopeful that their trip will be successful.
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We're still seeing 2 - 3 monarchs pass through each day. The weather has been warmer than normal, so I'm hopeful that their trip will be successful.
That's wonderful!

Late summer, I saw one monarch in our yard almost daily. Now, I haven't noticed any in weeks--but it could be that I am not around as much.

Yes, here's to a successful journey.
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Flowerpink Still Coming ...

It's two weeks past the normal peak for the migration in my area but they are still coming through.

Here they are nectaring on some New England asters:

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The Showy Goldenrod is a big hit with many of nature's critters:

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It's two weeks past the normal peak for the migration in my area but they are still coming through.

Here they are nectaring on some New England asters:

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The Showy Goldenrod is a big hit with many of nature's critters:

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You must have a well planned pollinator garden going on there, NEWisc. How about a few pictures of the backyard??? You're certainly doing a lot of things right if we go by results!!!
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